Transportation Advisory Committee
December 20, 2012
Community Conference Room
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Peter Rathmann, Victoria Harris, Mark Ballock, Harvey Riggs, and Greg SchniegenbergCommittee Members Absent: Ed Boyan
Council Members Attending: None
Planning Commission Liaison: Jeanne Benedetti
Teen Council Liaison: Mischa Fritz
Guests Attending: Ray Lo
Chair Peter Rathmann called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Riggs/Schniegenberg) to approve the October 18, 2012 meeting minutes as written (5-0).
M/S/C/U (Harris/Ballock) to approve the November 15, 2012 meeting minutes as written (4-0). Greg Schniegenberg abstained from voting.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
4.1 Campton/Fioli Parking Update
Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, presented the item. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the item is a status update. Staff presented background information on the item, followed by public comment, and then next steps.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that in 2009, the Fioli development was under construction by Pulte, and Contra Costa County was the permitting authority as this project was in Dougherty Valley. At that time, a total of 130 townhome units (out of 154) were built and occupied. Homeowners purchased homes that were up to 2,300 square feet with 3 bedrooms and a loft; however in some instances, loft was converted to 4/5 bedroom home.
Ongoing parking issues, prompted residents of Campton community to circulate and submit a petition signed by 55 homeowners requesting the following:
Residents of Campton have indicated that vehicles speed within their community in search of parking spaces. Vehicles from the Fioli community park along streets within Campton community, leaving no parking for guests and visitors.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Fioli and Campton development were approved by Contra Costa County and that parking requirements for subdivisions differ than San Ramon Parking Requirements.
On January 11, 2011 the City of San Ramon accepted Ivy Hill Way as a public street in accordance with the Dougherty Valley Settlement Agreement.
On June 21, 2012 residents from the Campton community submitted a second petition signed by 57 residents requesting the City to take action to help alleviate the overflow-parking problem in their neighborhood by:
1. Closing the walkway between the two communities.
2. Implementing Permit Parking in Campton community.
In August, this item went to the San Ramon Policy Committee. The Policy Committee’s recommendations were:
1. Develop site plan allowing the use of Ivy Hill Way for parking; and
2. Present to City Council for consideration.
Options for Consideration
PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, presented the site plan to the TAC members. Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff is proposing 27 on street parking spaces south of Fioli Loop, without impacting visibility on different intersections. Red curb would be installed on edges to allow for site visibility, and EVA.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that this item may go to City Council in February.
Chair Peter Rathmann called for Public Comment.
Ray Lo stated that he has lived in Campton since 2009, and has seen people arguing and fighting over parking many times. Mr. Lo stated that his neighbor has an infant who often cries because of cars starting very early in the morning. He stated that he often has to park very far away from their community because he cannot find nearby parking. Mr. Lo stated that he has considered moving out of the community due to the parking and noise issue.
Chair Rathmann closed Public Comment.
Mark Ballock asked if Contra Costa County was the permitting authority for both communities. Ms. Bobadilla stated that final approval was by Contra Costa County.
Commissioner Jeanne Benedetti asked if homeowners in Fioli are allowed to park in guest spaces. Ms. Bobadilla stated the HOA monitors parking spots; therefore homeowners do not park in visitor spaces.
Commissioner Benedetti and Mr. Ballock stated that closing the walkway, and opening up Ivy Hill Way for parking would be the best option.
Vice Chair Victoria Harris asked if the walkway was always open. Ms. Bobadilla replied yes.
Harvey Riggs stated that the walkway should be completely closed so no one can walk around it, or over it.
Commissioner Benedetti stated that parking spaces on Ivy Hill Way should be marked.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that staff has met with the HOA about opening up parking spaces along Fioli Loop, or convert visitor spaces to open parking, but the HOA has declined.
Mr. Riggs asked if Highlands Point Apartments have enough parking. Ms. Bobadilla replied yes.
Mr. Ballock asked who owns the walkway, Ms. Bobadilla stated that the City of San Ramon owns part, and the HOA owns part. Mr. Ballock asked if the HOA is willing to close the walkway. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the HOA does not want to close the walkway.
Chair Rathmann asked if there is a study regarding the utilization of the walkway. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there is no study. Chair Rathmann stated that if kids are using the walkway to get to their homes, it should not be closed.
Chair Rathmann stated that permit parking could cause problems for other adjacent communities.
Vice Chair Harris stated that it would be efficient to close the walkway, and monitor parking once the walkway is closed.
Mr. Ballock asked how long it would take to amend the General Plan for permit parking. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it takes a while since it will have to go to the Planning Commission and to City Council. Commissioner Benedetti stated that there is a limit to how many times the General Plan can be amended.
Chair Rathmann stated that if you close the walkway he thinks that people will still park in Campton.
MS. Bobadilla stated that there is a cost associated with closing the walkway, so that has to be researched. Ms. Bobadilla stated that opening up parking spaces along Ivy Hill Way doest not guarantee that the parking issue is resolved.
Mr. Riggs made the motion to close the walkway connecting Campton and Fioli, and opening Ivy Hill Way for parking with striping. (Riggs/Schniegenberg) Chair Rathmann abstained from voting. (4-0)
4.2 Bicycle Parking Concepts – Community Events
Chair Rathmann asked if anyone has talked to the East Bay Bike Coalition (EBBC). Ms. Bobadilla stated that they have not spoken to EBBC. Chair Rathmann stated that EBBC provides bike valet for many events.
Mr. Ballock stated that their bike valet has been successful, and could be utilized as long as it is safe. Chair Rathmann stated that as far as he knows he has not heard of an issue.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that she will bring this item back at a later date, with additional information.
5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) has provided updated fact sheets: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Environmental Process, and Timeline for the project. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the information is available on the City website.
Mr. Riggs asked if the bus would go beyond Clayton. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it would run from East Contra Costa County i.e. Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch area.
Chair Rathmann asked what the timeline was for the bus. Ms. Bobadilla stated that in March/April BAAQMD will release the projects that will be funded.
Mrs. Dhoot provided the update.
Stoneleaf Road at Wedgewood Road: Mrs. Dhoot received complaints regarding speeding and cut-through traffic. There is a two way stop control on the eastbound and westbound directions, which some drivers mistakenly use as a four-way stop due to striping on the roadway. Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff will look at restriping intersection, removing one leg of the crosswalk, so it no longer has an appearance of all way stop. Mrs. Dhoot stated that a 30 day notice notifying resident of the removal of one leg of the crosswalk.
Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff conducted observations and will recommend City Council to approve parking restriction installation at intersection corners.
A Stop Sign Warrant Analysis was conducted in 2010, and the intersection did not meet the warrant criteria. Mrs. Dhoot stated that once homes are built out in the area, another Stop Sign Warrant Analysis will be conducted.
Broadmoor Drive at Sedgefield Avenue: Mrs. Dhoot stated that she received a complaint from a resident stating that a vehicular collision occurred on the resident’s front lawn, and another resident stated that her vehicle was parked on the street and was totaled.
Mrs. Dhoot has requested for selective enforcement, and will schedule the radar trailer for deployment.
6.1 Committee Member Items
Ms. Bobadilla stated that she would like to inform the committee members that Chair Rathmann and Mr. Schniegenberg are not going to re-apply to the TAC next year. Ms. Bobadilla wanted to thank both the members for their services. City Council would like to recognize the both Chair Rathmann and Mr. Schniegenberg at the February 12, 2013 council meeting.
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
6.4 Teen Council Liaison
Mischa Fritz asked Mrs. Dhoot for feedback regarding the Teen Government Shadow Day held on December 5, 2012. Mrs. Dhoot stated that the kids who volunteer for the program are interested in the program. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she wishes there was more time for the program, and because it is in Winter it is difficult for staff with outdoor duties to take the kids out in the field due to unfavorable weather conditions.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45p.m. The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.